In 2013, the average adult will spend 5 hours and 16 minutes watching digital media, and 4 hours and 31 minutes watching TV, according to eMarketer’s statistics. Since new apps let viewers play games, answer trivia and brush up on storylines while watching their favorite show, many of those hours are spent multitasking on a mobile device in front of the TV. Once you see what these TV apps offer, you’ll see why so many get addicted to not just a show, but the show’s app.
Fans of “Seinfeld” will enjoy this entertaining app. You can browse through episodes from all 9 seasons of the groundbreaking show, answer trivia questions and read quick summaries of each season right on your phone. If you need a quick “Seinfeld” fix, you’ll find episodes right on the app which costs just $.99 in the App Store.
There’s also quotes and a section about the funny characters in the show. You’ll have to check with your cable provider and phone manufacturer to see what episodes are still running, and if you can view video clips on your phone.
One of the most watched game shows, “Family Feud” is a classic, and its app captures all the excitement with unique social game play. Challenge your friends to a game with a Facebook social game play feature. Answer questions, see who’s smartest and connect with the “Family Feud” community — a great way to enjoy car rides or downtime after work.
The app is free at Google’s Play Store and $4.99 on iTunes.
Wheel of Fortune
Another groundbreaking show ingrained in TV history is “Wheel of Fortune.” Now, you can play your favorite game show on your phone, solving puzzles with an easy-to-use interface. There’s even a Pat Sajak and Vanna White avatar.
This app is available on Android phones for $2.99, and it’s optimized for tablets.
The famous game show that answers questions with a question now fits in your palm. Jeopardy!, the app lets you answer a range of difficult questions just like on the show. You’ll also get to see your name on your own podium.
You can custom create an avatar and added features like the actual “Jeopardy!” announcer (Johnny Gilbert) introducing the game, make it all the more real. It’s also just $1.99 on Android devices.
This “Glee” app gives Gleeks and Jocks a way to get their Glee on! The app lets you listen to 50 different songs, including 11 free ones like “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It also has a Facebook connect feature that lets you slushie friends. It has lots of information on all of your favorite “Glee” characters in a yearbook and a bunch of fun trivia. Imagine the fun you could have on the band bus during those long trips to away games.
Additional tracks by Lady Gaga are also available. Designed for the iPhone, the app is only $.99 for two top hits, $1.99 for four and $2.99 for six.